Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts
History of the Arts Festival
The first Grand Prairie Festival of Arts was held in September of 1956 at Farmers & Merchants Bank in their community room and named “The Arkansas County Art Festival”. The festival was later renamed “The Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts” and moved to its new home at the completed Grand Prairie War Memorial Auditorium that for many years was home to the festival providing space for the exhibit, local vendors, and a stage for entertainment. In 2008 the festival was moved to the Stuttgart Junior High School Gym until the completion of the Grand Prairie Center located on the PCUAA campus.
Since 2017 the festival is now presented over the entire academic calendar dividing the major categories of Visual Arts, Photography, Decorative Arts and Creative Writing. The festival has come “home” to the Arts Center of the Grand Prairie. For sixty three years this juried festival has presented awards and provided scholarships opportunities for youth giving artist in every medium an outlet to present their work.
The Grand Prairie Arts Council
In 1964 the Grand Prairie Arts Council, Inc. was established by the following incorporators: A.P. Finken, Madeline Oliver, Toney Morris, Irene Cato, Lillian Young, Edith Andrews, and Helen Macom. The expressed goal of the council was to encourage cultural development in the Grand Prairie and work toward the establishment of an arts center. In October of 1982, The Arts Center of the Grand Prairie was officially opened at 108 West 12th Street. The Arts Center is focused on providing art education, exhibits, festivals and classes to the citizens of the Grand Prairie and surrounding townships and cities. The primary focus of the center is to offer diverse multi-cultural programming, and the development and implementation of programs that benefit all ages.
Adults / Youth & Children
Entries will be received:
September 20th 10:00pm – 5:00pm
September 21st 10:00am – 4:00pm
Exhibit open September 27th – October 24th
Artists Reception Open House will be held October 1st 5:00 – 6:30
Entries may be picked up:
October 25th – 10:00am – 4:00pm
October 26th – 10:00am – 4:00pm
The City of Stuttgart
The Arkansas Arts Council
Lennox Industries of Stuttgart
The Windgate Foundation
The Entergy Foundation
Godfrey Thomas Foundation
The Ellen Thomas Testamentary Trust
The Riceland Foundation
The support received from these Foundations and organizations help support the many diverse programs offered at the Art Center of the Grand Prairie. The Arts Center is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can come together to attend classes, hold meetings, attend recitals, and experience art set in many mediums. Individual, civic and business donations are encouraged.